Policy and Strategic Partnerships Officer at Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI)

Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI) Job Recruitment (11 Positions)

Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI) is an international development company. For more than 45 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 80 countries.

Our development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines. Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Policy and Strategic Partnerships Officer

Job Code: 7466
Location: Nigeria


  • The Centre for Disaster Protection works to change how the world prepares and pays for disasters. Identifying, planning for and financing disasters before they strike saves lives, reduces suffering and protects livelihoods and economies, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable communities.
  •  To do this, the Centre provides advisory services, builds knowledge, catalyses innovation and creates partnerships across the development, humanitarian and financial sectors.
  • Additionally, we are focused on building effective systems and processes for people and operations that support the Centre to rapidly yet strategically scale and grow in a way that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion and ensures the organisation is a great place to work.
  • Read more about us in our five-year strategy (2019-2024).

The Role

  • We are expanding our Engagement team by recruiting a Policy and Strategic Partnerships Officer to support and accelerate the delivery of the Centre’s ambitious workplan.
  • The Policy and Strategic Partnerships Officer will provide support to the Associate Director-Engagement and Senior Leadership Team in delivering an ambitious evidence-led policy agenda, external relations, and engagement strategy.
  • The role will be responsible for providing cross-cutting support to the team by helping manage strategic engagement initiatives, formulate policy positions and external engagement through briefings, comms products and event management, and supporting stakeholder relationship management.
  • The role will also undertake research, monitoring and analysis of thematic policy areas and stakeholder mapping, and support design of policy and evidence uptake strategies.

In addition, the Policy & Strategic Partnerships Officer will also:

  • Uphold the organisation’s values and contribute to a positive organisational culture.
  • Help to build the Centre’s external reputation through professional and effective engagement with stakeholders and clients, including at senior levels.
  • Contribute to working creatively and collaboratively across teams to solve issues and get things done.
  • The Policy & Strategic Partnerships Officer will work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team of Centre staff and consultants, reporting to the Associate Director-Engagement and working closely with the Senior Policy & Engagement Adviser and the Projects & Communications Officer, and across the Evidence, Advisory, Engagement and Operations functions.
  • The role is ideally suited to someone who enjoys variety of tasks and working in multidisciplinary teams, with strong analytical and communications skills, with an understanding of how our stakeholders impact, and are impacted by, the global policy agenda.

Job Requirements
Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the following skills and experience:

  • Experience of building impactful relationships with external stakeholders and decision-makers.
  • Experience of designing and delivering impactful engagement and influencing plans/strategies.
  • Ability to understand complex and technical policy issues and translate these for different audiences.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English with the ability to tailor communications to a range of audiences, including at senior levels.
  • Ability to use effective administration tools and processes to manage stakeholder communications, organise meetings, events and logistics, and coordinate briefings and reports.
  • Excellent organisational and interpersonal skills.
  • High standard of proofreading and editing with a keen eye for detail.
  • Ability to work enthusiastically as a valued team member across multiple teams in parallel, with a proactive, collaborative, and problem-solving attitude.
  • Excellent working level of computer literacy with MS Office packages.

Successful candidates should:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and interest in policy design and development, ideally within the areas of global affairs, international development, humanitarian affairs, international economic policy, or climate change.
  • Demonstrate a passion for building resilience and reducing vulnerability in low- and middle-income countries and thinking creatively to evidence hard to measure change at systems levels.
  • Show a clear understanding of and belief in the Centre’s values and mission.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to ongoing learning, including technical and non-technical skills.

Additional Information:

  • This role is expected to be offered on a fixed term contract basis, starting in September 2022 and running to June 2025 in the first instance, including an initial probation period of up to 4 months.
  • There will be a possibility of extension beyond 2025. The role will be contracted by DAI Global UK (or local partner/representative), who are the Centre’s managing agent.
  • The position is offered in the first instance as a position based in the UK, Nigeria or Pakistan. Whilst the role is primarily remote, regular visits to the Centre’s office in the City of London will be required (UK based employees are encouraged to be in the office a minimum of five days per month). Flexible, part-time and remote working arrangements will be considered.
  • Applicants for the role must already have the right to work in the UK/Nigeria/Pakistan as relevant.
  • Other locations of employment may be considered, subject to feasibility. Candidates based elsewhere who fulfil the above skills and experience and person specification criteria and have interest in the role, may contact the Centre on the enquiry e-mail below in the first instance, to enquire whether the role could be offered in their preferred location.

The Offer

  • A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered depending on experience (indicative gross salary range off up to £35,000 per annum where the role is based in the UK). The proposed salary will be confirmed at the offer stage.

Application Closing Date
1st December 2022; 9:00 am (UK time)

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Important Information and Notice

  • Applicants should including in the application a concise CV and a supporting statement (no more than 500 words) outlining your motivation for applying (250 words max) and the key qualities you would bring to the role (250 words max).
  • The Centre is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace and so we particularly encourage applications from diverse backgrounds that are typically under-represented in this sector and from citizens of countries affected by disasters.
  • DAI is a global development company with corporate offices in the USA, the UK, the EU, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Palestine, and project operations worldwide. DAI tackles fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability; it works on the frontlines of global development, transforming ideas into action—action into impact. DAI is committed to shaping a more liveable world.
  • Any reasonable adjustment requests or questions about the role or the recruitment process should be sent to: jobs_centre@disasterprotection.org (please do not send applications to this email address).


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